053-Ask Dr Soram-My Last Podcast for Now, A wonderful Interview with Guru Prem Singh Khalsa-Allergies, Turkey, and Macular Degeneration

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I want to thank all of my readers and listeners who have been purchasing supplements at my online Healthy Living Shop. I opened the store to share the physician – quality supplements that I’ve been using for so many years, and I’m so happy to see that so many of you are taking advantage of the opportunity to get your nutritional supplements here.

I’m happy to announce that my medical office’s website, Khalsa Medical Clinic is now open and more beautiful than ever. For the many of you who were interested in coming to see me as a patient, rather than just emailing with questions, I hope that you will find my site appealing and inviting.

My Last Podcast – at Least for a While

In this podcast, I announced that this is going to be my last podcast at least for a while. Aside from my busy medical practice I have several projects in the works which I hope to share with you in the near future. You may still send your questions by email or voicemail to the numbers listed on this site. I will do my best to get answers back to you.

Integrative Medicine Update

There is lots happening in the world of integrative medicine!

For thousands of years, the yogis have passed on their tradition, that meditation helps the body to heal. I received personal training on this subject from my own teacher Yogi Bhajan.

I am delighted to share with you a new article from Harvard Medical School done  by Herbert Benson, and Towia Liberman. Dr. Liberman is the director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center.

In this study, they found that a form of meditation called the Relaxation Response was found to alter gene expression that is involved in Inflammation, Energy Metabolism and Insulin Secretion.

Specifically, they found that pathways involved with the function of the mitochondria were upregulated during meditation.

In addition they found that pathways that are controlled by the activation of a protein called NF Kappa B. which are known to have a prominent role in inflammation, stress, trauma, and cancer were suppressed after the meditation sessions. Also they noted that the expression of genes involved in insulin pathways was significantly altered.

It is delightful to me that the ancient traditions of yoga are being proven through genetic pathways!

You can read the article here.

Vitamin D Now Found to Improve Immunity

It’s taken them a while, but the physicians in Australia has the now found that there is a vitamin D deficiency epidemic in Australia.

My colleague and friend Dr. Michael Holick went there to give a lecture and released an exciting bit of information from his recent research. He said “For the first time, this study shows direct evidence that improving vitamin D levels plays a large role in improving immunity and lowering the risk for many diseases.” In addition, he found the 290 genes were altered simply by increasing vitamin D levels. He stated that “These 290 genes are related to 80 biological pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disease.”

This is what I’ve been talking to you about for so many years. These studies are in evolution and it is very exciting! Take your vitamin D!

Breast Cancer

I want to be sure that everyone saw the cover story in the New York Times Magazine last week about breast cancer. The author Peggy Orenstein is a prominent writer who is a breast cancer survivor. She presents some unique perspectives about the current issues and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I urge you to read the article. Here is the link for it.

Allergies are On The Rise

It is now estimated that unchecked global warming will worsen respiratory allergies for approximately 25,000,000 Americans. It will contribute to worse spring allergies, worse fall allergies, more asthma attacks and more health costs.

I announce on the podcast  that there is a new free email service available at this website that will email you every morning with the pollen count for your ZIP Code that day. If you have allergies I urge you to subscribe to this free service.

Here is the link for the full report on global warming and its effect on allergies.

Most Turkey Has Bacteria

It’s now been discovered that Turkey products are contaminated with salmonella and other bacteria. It is estimated that nearly 90% of US Turkey products are contaminated with these bacteria.

You can read more about it at this link.

Macular Degeneration and Integrative Medicine.

A new study that just came out in JAMA – ophthalmology shows that supplementation with a combination of lutein zeaxanthin, DHA and EPA can result in a significant improvement in the optical density of the macular pigment. This is where macular degeneration occurs.

The study was double-blind placebo-controlled was carried out over 12 months. Integrative doctors have been prescribing these types of supplements for our health for many years. It’s a shame it has taken conventional medicine so long to find it out.

My interview this week

My interview this week is with my special friend Guru Prem Singh Khalsa. Guru Prem is a true master Yogi and has been  practicing and teaching yoga for over 35 years.

He has  a very active practice in the same clinic where I work. He works as a structural, breath, yogic and massage therapist and he’s been doing this for over 28 years. He deeply understands the body, and can read its patterns of tension and breathing and help guide one to ease.

In this interview which is very different than the previous interviews I’ve done we talk about Radiant Beauty. We discuss what is radiance and how it is lost. We also talk about what it means to be heavy hearted and long faced, and how the posture can reflect the physical conditions in the body.

This is a very unique and very uplifting interview. Because of that, I have decided not to cut it into two segments and to play the entire 35 minute segment straight through.

I know you’re in for a treat when you listen to this!

You can reach Guru Prem at his website here

and find his music for sale here.

After the interview, I answer questions on the following subjects

1. A lady who was helped by vitamin D and magnesium. Her leg cramps went away with the proper balance of magnesium.

2. A gentleman with a persistent sore throat.

3. I close this podcast with a lovely email from Lisa who thanks me for introducing her to the importance of vitamin D and to the importance of Integrative Medicine. She has found a doctor through one of the lists that I give in my FAQ and she is very happy about that. She asked how to find a similar integrative dentist. I recommend the organization called the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

You can find the link here.

Next Steps for Me

As mentioned at the beginning, this is my last podcast – at least for a while. I will be staying in touch with you directly by email, and on Twitter and on Facebook and encourage you to follow me there. If you have not signed up for my newsletter on this website you may do so to the right and I will send you my weekly newsletter. I may be starting a second newsletter each week to bring people up to date on how I use the nutritional supplements in my online Healthy Living Shop to help my patients.

I look forward to staying in touch with you.

I wish all of you the very best that Enlightened Medicine, Conscious Living, and Compassionate Healing can bring you.

Dr. Soram

About Dr. Soram Khalsa

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